Domestic and Distraction Burglary

Most burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves. For example, when a window has been left open and insecure, or a door unlocked, it is vulnerable to a potential intruder who may take advantage of the opportunity to enter. For other victims, many who are vulnerable; distraction burglary happens when the method of entry to a home is by trick rather than typical forced entry.   

What is Domestic Burglary:

A burglary occurs when a person enters or remains unlawfully in a home/building with the intent to commit a crime. 

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What is Distraction Burglary:

Distraction burglary is any crime where a lie, trick or distraction is used on an occupant to gain or try to gain access to burgle their home.

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Domestic and Distraction Burglary

Burglary is a serious crime and can often have financial and practical repercussions; its emotional and psychological impact longer-term can vary enormously from victim to victim. Our focus as a service is to provide victims with the emotional support and reassurance, helping them recover from the fear of re-victimisation, whilst supporting them with practical and emotional issues. 

There may be more than one person living in the affected household, which means the burglary can have multiple victims. The police often only record the head of a household as the victim, this can hide the true number of victims, and younger people are not generally recorded as victims of burglary, yet the impact can be as devastating.

If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.

We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.

Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:

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Crime Prevention Information

Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: 

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Is it an emergency?

If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999.  If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101

7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.

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